April 14, 1923 - Aug. 28, 2007
Betty R. (Brown) Lockenour was born on April 14, 1923, in Ohiowa, to Ross and Harriett (Wood) Brown and passed from this life early Tuesday morning Aug. 28, 2007.
She was the youngest of 3 children and had two brothers, Max and Rex to help take care of the new addition. She attended school beginning in Ohiowa and then finished High School in Geneva, graduating in 1941.
She was just 17 when she started university life in Lincoln receiving a degree in Home Economics having an emphasis in dietetics and graduated in 1944.
During her studies a good friend from Cambridge and she traveled to Boston for an internship and that is where she met her future husband, Bob, when he arrived in Boston Harbor after being deployed to the South Pacific island of New Zealand for World War II.
Bob and Betty were married on Jan. 7, 1945, in Geneva and then shortly their life moved to St. Louis with Bob attending Mortuary Science School. They moved back to Cambridge and in December of 1953, adopted Patti Ann followed by Paul Alan in 1962. Middle of the year in 1961, they began building the Lockenour Mortuary and moved in December of that year.
Betty was a very active lady in the community. She was involved in her church, Campfire Girls, various clubs and volunteering when she could.
After moving to the Mortuary she was hostess during the day and fit in staying active with her children's activities as well. Betty also kept in touch with her extended family as her two brothers succumbed to complications of rheumatic fever at early ages.
She has four nieces and one nephew.
She was very active in Cambridge life and this included: Betty was a 50 year member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Campfire Girls, Sunday School Superintendent, Chapter BC P.E.O., Monday Musical, 20th Century Club and the Tri-Valley Hospital Auxiliary.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her husband.
Survivors include her daughter, Patti Jones from Lake Ridge, Va.; son, Paul of Lexington; granddaughters, Tobiann Springer and husband, Jeff of Cambridge and Brooke Lockenour of Lincoln; grandsons, Ryon Jones and wife, Samantha, Zachary Jones of Tulsa, Okla., Whitney Jones of Riverside, Calif., and Monte Lockenour of Lexington. She also has four great-grandchildren, Addison, Braden and Macy Jones and Brylyn Springer all of Cambridge.
Services will be Friday, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Cambridge at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Dana Keener officiating. Internment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.
Memorials may be left to the Tri-Valley Hospital or her church.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.